Beginning in 1981 the Festival Franco-Chileno de Video Arte was jointly organized by the French Embassy’s Cultural Service, the Franco-Chilean Cultural Institute, and the Chilean Video Society (all of which were in Santiago). These festivals created a way to expose the earliest works of local artists who were experimenting with the use of video and provided a forum where theorists and critics could express their opinions about those works. The festival gradually developed into an unconventional event that encouraged artists to experiment with the medium. The festival was run by Ignacio Aliaga, Carlos Flores, and Néstor Olhagaray, the founders of the Sociedad Chilena de Video.
This sixth edition of the catalogue, produced in the mid-1980s, includes Nelly Richard’s theoretical essay in which she briefly reviews video production from an international, Latin American, and local perspective. Richard underscores how Chilean (and Latin American) video artists strive to produce works of a decidedly sociopolitical nature, eschewing the clichés churned out by the region’s dictatorial regimes.
As on previous and subsequent occasions, the sixth festival had a selection committee that was charged with selecting videos (which were shown November 17–29, 1986). Members of that committee included Michèle Goldstein, Justo Pastor Mellado, and Yessica Ulloa, as well as Flores and Richard. Richard and Mellado also headed the editorial committee that was responsible for choosing the theme for the event and arranging the schedule of activities.